USA 4 Corners Tour Daily Trip Report - 8/18/05

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Ann Arbor, MI
to Eau Clair, WI

591 miles / 8 hours, 10 minutes

I debated whether to go thru or around Chicago. It would add another 60 miles to go around it, so I decided to go right through it. As I got into downtown, it started raining. Out of riding over 13, 000 miles, I had the only road rage incident in Chicago. Some asshole and I traded birds for awhile, after his lane collapsed due to road construction and he put the squeeze play on my space. He was a putz and went on his merry way and I did the same. I stopped for lunch hoping that the rain would stop while I ate (nope), and ate an authentic Chicago style Vienna Beef Sandwich. Delicious! The rain did let up for a bit, but it would come back with a vengeance later that day.

In Wisconsin, The rain came down again, but this time it came down in buckets. There was a tornado that touched down in Stoughton, WI which ended up killing one person and wounding 26 others. 200 people were also evacuated due to a natural gas line break. I never saw the tornado, but the rain was bad enough that the cagers (cars) were pulling off under the bridges to escape the downpour. At it's worst, I also pulled over under an overpass, but then noticed that the skies were clear up ahead. Not sure why this occurs, but the worst part of a rain storm is often at the edge of the storm cell. I usually prefer to try and outride a storm instead of stopping and waiting it out. Not everybody agrees with this, but it usually works for me, although I have gotten just friggin soaked a couple of times because of my "strategy".

Cumulative motorcycle return waves today: 276

map of Ann Arbor, MI to Eau Clair, WI

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